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03-28-2008, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post
Why? Explain why you think you would do this package? What is it about Stamkos that would set up our franchise both on AND off the ice for the future? Any pick of that magnitude would have to pay for itself at the box office and would bring incredible scrutiny and pressure to our market to sell out every game (which obviously I would love to see us do in the near future). What has you so sold on Stamkos that makes you think he is worth a top young defenseman already proven in the NHL, two firsts (10-15 range), and a 2nd rounder in the 35-40 range?
These are the first overall picks since 1997:
07: Kane
06: EJ
05: Crosby
04: Ovechkin
03: Fleury
02: Nash
01: Kovalchuk
00: DiPietro
99: Stefan
98: Lecavalier
97: Thornton

These are the notable 10-15th picks (out of 66 total) over the same time frame:
07: None yet
06: None yet
05: Kopitar, Marc Staal
04: Stafford, Radulov
03: A. Kostytsin, Carter, D. Brown, Seabrook, Nilsson
02: Semin, Higgins, Ballard
01: Hamhuis, Hemskey, Kobasew
00: None
99: None
98: Antropov, Tanguay
97: M. Hossa, Cleary

So 9/11 of these first overall picks were total studs, one is a good goalie and one a total bust. Only ~20/66 of the 10-15th picks are currently notable NHLers (less than 5 who could be considered elite NHL players), with a lot of total busts. With the first overall pick you have a very, very good chance of ending up with a superstar. With two 10-15 picks you have a decent chance of ending up with couple of good NHLers. Which would you rather have?

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